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January 1, 2000

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Petey, the Pet of the Day
Name: Petey
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Pygmy Hedgehog
Home: Denver, Colorado, USA
   Most hedgehogs look alike, so Petey tries to stand out from the crowd by dressing up in his finest tuxedo whenever he gets the chance. The ladies truly dig him and his smooth fashion sense. Petey is the star of his own television special, "When Hedgehogs Attack," where he plays a vicious, wild beast out of Africa, terrorizing helpless citizens of the world.

    In reality, he's a sweet, pokey little guy with a fondness for cuddling into armpits. Petey is also happy to announce that during a routine visit to the vet a couple of weeks ago, the doctor exclaimed, "Petey is the largest hedgehog I've ever seen!" Petey is very proud of his immense proportions, as it adds to his ferocious, intimidating mystique. Sadly, I have to put him on a strict diet and exercise regimen to reduce his girth. That means less ferret food and no more bon-bons. Petey likes trying to squeeze his massive self into tight spots, and he likes running on his special hedgehog wheel. He also enjoys tasting new things and rolling into an impenetrable spikey ball when he doesn't feel like socializing. In his free time, he enjoys sleeping.

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